The 16,500-acre, family-owned Cowdray Estate in Midhurst – the heart of the stunning South Downs National Park – is steeped in history and heritage.
From Tudor ruins, world-renowned polo, and exclusive mini breaks, to award-winning farm shops and countryside walks – this unique English estate, which is sometimes referred to as Cowdray Park, is waiting to be explored.
Cowdray Heritage Ruins
The Cowdray Heritage Ruins are one of England’s most important early Tudor houses and Cowdray is known to have been visited by both King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I.
In September 1793, whilst undergoing repairs and refurbishments for the impending marriage of the 8th Viscount Montague, a devastating fire took hold and most of the property was destroyed. The Kitchen Tower is the only part of the mansion to remain intact.
Cowdray Ruins can be viewed from Midhurst town centre or explore the site during one of the Heritage Events or guided tours that take place on a regular basis. These events allow an unexpected peek into life as a Tudor on the Cowdray Estate and provide entertainment for the whole family.
Polo: Cowdray is world-renowned as the home of British polo where you can be entertained at exhilarating matches throughout the summer season, including the Gold Cup for the British Open Championships. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also take up polo tuition at the Academy.
Golf: Golf has been played at the beautiful 18-hole Cowdray course for well over a century. The Club is owned by the Viscount Cowdray and provides stunning views over the South Downs National Park. A warm welcome is extended to all who visit.
Rolling hills and open skies are not the only features which make Cowdray House a wonderful location. Set in 110 acres of private gardens, grounds and parkland, Cowdray House is a spectacular venue for exclusive-use hire. It was home to the Estate’s original polo field, commonly referred to as the House Ground, and guests today can enjoy polo lessons during their stay.
With beautifully landscaped gardens and a broad range of luxury facilities including both an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a bowling alley, Cowdray House has all the luxury whilst maintaining the warmth of a family home.
Walking: From forest to ruins
Cowdray is home to miles of spectacular walks over a variety of landscapes, which can be enjoyed by all. Take a walk past the historic Cowdray Ruins, explore Cowdray Forest, admire the Queen Elizabeth Oak in the Deer Park near the picturesque picnic spot of Benbow Pond, enjoy Lawns Polo Grounds, explore the John Cowdray Arboretum or take a walk to Cowdray Farm Shop & Café – there’s so much to choose from.
Farm Shop Café
Open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, Cowdray Farm Shop Cafes menu is created by its team of chefs to provide delicious dishes from favourites such as its famous Full English and Cowdray burger and triple cooked chips, to inspiring vegetarian and vegan dishes.
The team use estate produce and other local suppliers for their ingredients where possible, ensuring a connection to the same beautiful landscape that their customers can view as they dine.
If you’re looking to spend longer at Cowdray, Cowdray’s holiday cottages are the perfect base for exploring Cowdray and the South Downs National Park, and only half an hour’s drive from the coast. The light and airy cottages are located next to the picturesque Benbow Pond, with easy access to a wide network of footpaths. They are self-catering and are well-equipped for families, groups and individuals alike.
If you are travelling with a bigger group, the 18th Century Cowdray Lodge offers the perfect location for up to 16 guests to enjoy a break.
The Lodge overlooks the Polo Grounds & Cowdray Heritage as well as the town of Midhurst.
The Lodge comprises of four individually furnished en-suite double rooms, the Polo Suite with its double bedroom and separate sitting room overlooking the polo fields. The Cowdray Suite boasts double and twin rooms and includes a sitting area.
The delightfully romantic “Bothy” is located across from the main Lodge. It has a roll top bath in the bedroom, with wonderful views across Cowdray Park.
All rooms are a very short walk from the 19th Hole, Cowdray’s Golf Clubhouse which is open to all and serves, breakfast, lunch and a fantastic Sunday lunch (from 1st November each year),
Cowdray Hall and Therapy Rooms
Cowdray Hall is a place where you can step aside from the challenges of daily life, and take time out to deepen your connection with yourself, your community and the wider world.
Cowdray Hall offers a broad variety of emotional and spiritual workshops, retreats, events and weekly classes focusing on all areas of self-development.
There are three main therapy rooms. The Chapel is a peaceful and intimate space with excellent acoustics, regularly used for yoga, Pilates, meditation and chanting. The Main Hall is a light and impressive room. The Meeting Room is a beautifully lit and carpeted room which includes audio visual equipment.